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National Heritage Corridors
From an Adirondack Viewpoint

by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 1, No. 2, Supplement (PRFA, May 1994)

The Heritage Corridors are a perverse distortion of the whole concept of conservation and the principal of government.

Is the drive toward limitless government that began with the New Deal over 50 years ago now entering a stage of dictatorship?

As the Heritage Corridors bring in the federal government's purse, they are setting up another layer of the federal government's police state.

The Corps of Engineers and EPA already have their wetlands police to destroy the life savings of good citizens and send some to federal prison. The interior Department has a variety of police units. Every government philosophy has its enforcement, or police, function.

We saw the swat teams rolling up the Northway.

The good people of the midwest are just like the plain folk here in the Adirondacks.

Good people are easy prey for the police. These are mild-mannered, law-abiding citizens who respect government, who respond to the environmentalist's wish. "No, we won't help you rebuild here." "We'll let the fires burn."

After the heat is past, it is back to working and paying taxes.

And moving to the cities.

Americans think that our brand of socialism is somehow different from their brand. Americans are failing to see the abuse of business and the personal repression that government is already imposing as branch after branch of government is absorbed by the zealots.

Think of the wheels that are now in motion after 20 years of environmental law and rule making. Add the National Heritage Corridors to the incomplete National Parks; the closing of the National Forests and public lands to forestry, grazing, mining, hunting and most visiting; the efficiently coordinated EPA/Corps of Engineers/state wetlands enforcement; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife endangered species enforcement at full bore with successful candidates from a list of 4,784 additional nominees; the Babbitt Interior Department biodiversity survey working with The Nature Conservancy/ universities/state entities; the Corps of Engineers wrecking capacity; the billions of dollars of unfunded federal and state environmental land acquisitions on the books from a vast California desert to the tractless Maine woods.

Keep in mind that there are many unnoticed federal regional entities of great scope, often barely beyond the conceptual stage. The EPA, for instance, funds 21 programs to develop protection policies for "estuaries of national significance with the idea of setting up regional management entities." (1)

Once they have all their studies and commissions behind them, the environmentalists will be ready to move on all levels—local, state and federal.

Put it all together and ask this question. If every one of these programs were to be fully funded in five years what would it do to the United States of America?

1) "Intergovernmental Resource Management: Designing New Approaches," Landlines (Lincoln Inst. of Land Policy) May 1994, p2.

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